It will be no surprise if Black Pond finds the necessary improvement to get off the mark here. He's gone close on both starts at Wolverhampton so far but WHISTLE ON BY has the better form. He went close himself at Kempton in November but caught the eye staying on well for fourth-place over 7f at Deauville earlier this month and today's longer trip will suit. Kentish looks to have place claims but the newcomers Friday Night Lad and Prime Mover may need further to show their best.
Friday Night Lad (IRE) Redback gelding out of Social Butterfly.
Kentish (USA) 10-3 (9-12) Tracked leader, led 4f out, headed well over 2f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 4th of 7, 6l behind Tax Break (9-12) at Wolverhampton 7f mdn stks (5) pol in Feb.
Cinderella 66-1 (8-12) Held up, headway on outer halfway, no impression soon after, 6th of 12, 14l behind Polly Floyer (8-12) at Wolverhampton 7f mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Black Pond (USA) 10-11fav (8-7) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, held near finish, 3rd of 6, 3/4l behind Needwood Ridge (10-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn auc stks (5) pol in Feb.
Great Shot 7-1 (9-3) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened 1f out, 8th of 17, 18l behind Al Kazeem (9-3) at Newbury 1m 2yo mdn (4) gs in Oct.
Prime Mover Motivator gelding out of Dream Quest.
Whistle On By (9-2) 4th of 9, 1 1/4l behind Les Troyens (9-2) at Deauville(FR) 6f 3yo stks.
Black Feather 50-1 (8-7) In rear, ridden 4f out, not trouble leaders, 6th of 8, 9l behind Failasoof (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol.